You’d be hard-pressed to make up a career as varied as the one B.J. Thomas has built over the past 45 years. (He performs Dec. 14 at Infinity Hall). He’s sung pop, country and gospel; performed a definitive version of an iconic, Oscar-winning song and an early version of another tune that later became a pop-culture staple; and has released dozens of albums since his 1966 debut.
Like so many other performers, the Oklahoma native began singing with his church choir as a teeanger, then joined the local band the Triumphs, which covered Hank Williams Sr.’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” as the title track on its 1966 debut. The song launched Thomas’ career, and just two years later he landed a gold record with the hit single “Hooked on a Feeling.” (The Swedish group Blue Swede later recorded the version that played on “Ally McBeal” in the late ’90s.)
And just a year after that, Thomas had a No. 1 hit with “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” which went gold — and won an Academy Award for best original song in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Thomas didn’t win the award — songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David did — but he scored another hit soon after with the top-10 hit “I Just Can’t Help Believing” (which Elvis Presley later covered), followed by another gold record in 1975 with “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
He’s never had quite the same level of commercial success since then, but Thomas has kept busy releasing albums and performing. It’s probably safe to expect a selection of his biggest hits when he hits the stage in Norfolk.
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